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|Form of government||Unitary Parliamentary Republic|
|Size in km²||810|
|Year of construction||2000|
|Architect||Raymond Architectural Design Office (JP)|
The heart of any Kiribati community is its maneaba or meeting house. The maneaba is not just the biggest building in any village, it is the centre of village life and the basis of island and national governance. A traditional maneaba is an imposing structure, with slabs of coral supporting a huge roof formed from coconut wood, held together with coconut string and thatched with pandanus leaves. The whole community is involved in its construction, and every aspect of the maneaba has a symbolic as well as a practical function.
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The "Maneaba Ni Maungatabu" is the unicameral parliament of Kiribati. The modern building was inaugurated in 2000 and mimics the style of traditional Kiribati huts. The structure which overlooks the ocean was built by a Japanese construction company. During World War II, the island nation was occupied by Japan and a site for US-Japanese warfare.
Facts & Figures
|Members of parliament||46||GPD per capita in PPP in US$||1.809|
|Number of women||3||HDI||0,590|
|Pop. per MP||2.444||Democracy index||/|
|CO2 total||42||CO2 per capita||0,40|